I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about cats. I have five permanent residents of the menagerie that have wonderful stories and adorable faces, and I often highlight what they're doing in the posts I write. I also talk about community cats that don't belong to me but that feel like my responsibility (like STILL available King Dude the shelter cat and adopted foster kitten Eartha). So my blog can feel very cat-centric at times.
But I also have two very important dogs in the menagerie. And today, I thought I'd introduce them to those new readers who don't know about how cute and special these critters can be.
First up: Liam. He's a 9yo pug that has lived with me since he was a tiny puglet of 8 weeks old. I brought him home when my first dog (a fabulous Boston terrier) developed significant separation anxiety and was spending most of his free time wailing and drooling. Liam was a wonderful helper who soothed my old dog's fears and kept him company.
Liam continues that tradition of helpfulness as an adult. He's wonderfully calm and patient with tiny foster kittens, even when they annoy him or awaken him when he's sleeping. And he is a patient and kind guide dog for blind cat Lucy, who is his biggest fan.
Liam is getting a little older, and he has some aches and pains due to a bad back. But he remains cheerful and calm through most of the challenges that come his way. He's truly a wonderful dog.
Next up: Sinead. She is a 4yo Boston terrier, and she might be familiar to those of you who go to BlogPaws each year. She's the teeny-tiny Boston terrier parading around the conference.
Sinead came to the menagerie when she was 6 months old. I had been in contact with rescue groups in Oregon and Washington for years, but I couldn't find a Boston that was right for my family. This type of dog is very rare in the Pacific Northwest, and they tend to get snapped up fast when they show up in shelters and in the rescue rosters. In time, I connected with a local lady who helped to coordinate the Oregon rescue. She also bred these dogs, and she told me about tiny Sinead. She had been born freakishly small (albeit very healthy), and the breeder was a little worried that someone would adopt her and try to develop very small Bostons. Breeding Sinead with a full-grown Boston could put her life at risk. We were worried. So we took her home.
Sinead may be very small, but she is very sassy and she keeps me laughing with her oversized personality.
She is very sensitive to voice commands and she is (hands down) the most obedient dog I've ever known. But she finds ways to express her displeasure when she doesn't quite want to do something I want her to do. The stink eye and a well-placed sigh are great methods of communication for this little sassy thing.
So these are the menagerie dogs! I hope you enjoyed reading about them. Do leave me a comment so I'll know you were here.
And be sure to visit the other blogs in the BlogPaws blog hop! You'll be glad you did.